Winter Calls

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Winter Calls

We flow into autumn

from summer’s embrace

when twilight hastens and the sun rides low

ripening abundance

a gilded farewell

Quilted paths of crimson

through colors we roam

mugs of cloved cider and a cinnamon moon

our pumpkin’s grin candled

memories loosen

When scents of woodsmoke curl

on crisp, crackling morns

will you weave me a shawl from skeins of soft wool

hold me warm by the fire

for my winter calls

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This poem is a double ennead – a syllabic form consisting of three stanzas of 33 syllables in a 6/5/11/6/5 pattern for a total off 99 syllables. The challenge is hosted by Colleen Chesebro over at Carrot Ranch. It runs once a month and I invite you to check it out. Colleen’s prompt this month was “Autumn” and she encouraged us to use our senses. Happy Writing.

200 thoughts on “Winter Calls

  1. […] "Winter Calls" We flow into autumn from summer’s embrace when twilight hastens and the sun rides low ripening abundance a gilded farewell Quilted paths of crimson through colors we roam mugs of cloved cider and a cinnamon moon our pumpkin’s grin candled memories loosen When scents of woodsmoke curl on crisp, crackling morns will you weave me a shawl from skeins of soft wool hold me warm by the fire for my winter calls © D. Wallace Peach […]

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    • Thank you, Jennie. It’s such a wonderful time of year and it feeds all our senses. I know that you and your classroom will be celebrating the fall. The leaves must be heading into peak your way! Have a wonderful October.

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Such a beautiful poem, Diana. The magic autumn is always inspiring to me, so your opening of us flowing into autumn from summer’s embrace made me feel so good. And then you sweep me away, albeit a little chilly at the thought, with your last two lines. Perfect. wishing you a great autumn of dream 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for sharing the poem, Nikki. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love this season. It feels magical to me that trees actually turn all these brilliant colors. Have a wonderful October. 😀

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      • I couldn’t have it any other way giggle giggle yes this is a wonderful time of year but then get outside most times of your wonderful everything is ever changing absolutely magnificent isn’t it thank you for your ability to share such beauty with all

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  3. medniche says:

    Wow ❤️ love it ❤️

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  4. Shashi says:

    Beautiful. Loved it. Especially to compose it within the constraints of the form was great.

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  5. Wow! Such strict structural rules, but you nailed it! You also made me feel not quite so sad that winter is coming. 🙂

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  6. Ah, sometimes poems like these make me dread winter less! I’m so very much a summer person.

    But I love the thought of curling up warm.

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    • I’m not a fan of the relentless winter rain here, HRR, but it is a nice time to hibernate and write. Autumn is glorious. I think Mother N is easing the blow of what’s to come. Enjoy the crisp outdoors and Happy October.

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  7. markbierman says:

    I had to make myself a cup of cocoa, because your poem brought me ‘there’! Well done, Diana!

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  8. Such beautiful lines Diana that truly gave me comfort and wonderful memories to look forward to my friend💖❣️

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  9. Thank you very much
    I refollow your blog, in this way i receive for The first your post notification.
    Good night
    😘

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  10. marianeema says:

    I really love this poem

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  11. “mugs of cloved cider and a cinnamon moon”

    Gahh, Diana, this poem is exceptional. Your ability to craft a scene and describe the things we sometimes take for granted is second to none. I’ve never been more excited about the changing of the seasons. I’m going to gaze at the moon tonight and think of this poem. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and it also brought me an unexpected sense of comfort. Brilliant, my friend. ❤️

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    • You’re comments always make me smile, Tanya. I’m heading into the autumn of my life and want to experience and remember all the beauty of this season. It’s glorious and so rich in sensory detail. I hope you get to smile at the cinnamon moon, and please be sure to enjoy a mug of hot cloved cider. Hugs, my friend. I hope you’re well. ❤

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  12. Silent Hour says:

    From Eric’s spring daisies to your autumn…

    “Scents of woodsmoke curl on crisp, crackling morns” is one of my favourite things about the cold months.

    Have a lovely weekend, dear Diana!

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  13. What a colorful and cozy poem. After reading the last three lines, I was eager to say, “yes.” I’ll weave you a shawl of soft and fluffy wool, just tell me your favorite color(s). Wonderful share, Diana!

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    • Ha ha ha. So sweet. I was thinking about autumn as a yearly season and a season of life, Miriam. I don’t want to miss the beauty in either. A limited number of them left! I loved the challenge and had a lot of fun writing his. Happy October, my friend. ❤

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  14. J.D. says:

    Ah, autumn. You capture it so well, Diana. Hope yours is beautiful.

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  15. mydangblog says:

    So wonderfully sensory–like being there!

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  16. Jeff Flesch says:

    This is such a beautiful poem, Diana. I absolutely adore this line, “mugs of cloved cider and a cinnamon moon” Amazingness. 💙

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  17. Simply beautiful❤😍

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  18. Cherryl says:

    Looking forward to another cosy winter ⛄️

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  19. Beautifully done, Diana. You have such a lovely touch with poetry. Thanks for explaining the forms you choose. Perfect choice with the image too. Hugs on the wing.

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  20. This is wonderful!! I love Autumn, and you capture it beautifully! I need to try one of Colleen’s challenges sometime.

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    • They are so fun, Bonnie. Especially if you enjoy word puzzles. Those dang syllables. She runs them weekly on her site as well as monthly over at Carrot Ranch. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and hope you join in!

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  21. Your poem is an excellent response to the prompt. I absolutely LOVE the last three lines!

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    • Thanks so much, Liz. I’m feeling a little autumny myself lately and plan to take full advantage of the sweetness of the season and decades of memories. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the poem. (And I’m starting your book tonight! Can’t wait.)

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